Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2019

At least 100 million people were forced to flee their homes during the last 10 years, seeking refuge either within or outside the borders of their country. Forced displacement and statelessness remained high on the international agenda in recent years and continued to generate dramatic headlines in every part of the world. As we approach two important anniversary years in 2021, the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 60th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, it is clear…

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WFP Chad Country Brief, May 2020

2,786 mt of food assistance distributed USD 1.9 m cash-based transfers made USD 66.9 m six months (June – November 2020) net funding requirements 370,358 people assisted in May 2020 Operational Updates • In support to the COVID-19 National Response Plan, WFP will provide food rations to more than 433,000 people affected by the social and economic effects of the pandemic. Assistance will be delivered over three months, across eight provinces (Batha, Bahr el Gazel, Guéra, Kanem, Lac, Logone Oriental, Logone Occidental et Wadi Fira,) and will cover 70 percent…

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Coronavirus: EU supports Central African Republic with €54 million to limit socio-economic risks

As part of the European Union’s response to the COVID-19 crisis in Africa, the European Commission has decided to grant €54 million to the Central African Republic to help the government shore up public expenditure negatively affected by the fight against the virus. European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said: ‘The European Union has long stood alongside the Central African Republic to help the country overcome the crises it has suffered. This additional budgetary support aims to help the country address the socio-economic risks associated with the health crisis…

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Acting early in a time of pandemic: the challenge of being ready for extreme weather during Covid-19

Extreme events do not stop for a pandemic. This has been illustrated vividly by the impacts of Cyclone Harold in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Amanda in El Salvador (photo), the Zagreb earthquake and Super Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh and India. Many countries where humanitarian organizations implement anticipatory humanitarian action like forecast-based financing (FbF) are currently under lockdown or applying Covid-19 mitigation measures. Vulnerable populations in these countries face the dual or even triple impacts of Covid-19 alongside floods, landslides, cyclones, droughts, earthquakes, locust swarms or conflict. As countries enter seasons…

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WFP Regional Bureau for the Middle East, North Africa (MENA), Central Asia & Eastern Europe COVID-19 Situation Report #8, 15 May – 4 June 2020

• As of 4 June, there were 412,286 reported cases of COVID-19 within the countries covered by this region. There has been a 25% increase over the last two weeks and a 57% increase over the last month (from early-May to early-June). • Several governments in the region, such as Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey have announced easing COVID-19 restrictions. Other countries are maintaining their restrictions. • The socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in the region is severe. Newly identified vulnerable population groups in the…

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Business Reopens Between Southern Cameroon and Nigeria

YAOUNDE – Cameroon’s military says it has restored security on an important trade road between western Cameroon and Nigeria. The military this week said it had killed at least 13 separatist fighters who blocked the Bamenda-Enugu Road for two months and were demanding illegal tolls. The rebels denied it was their fighters and blamed other armed groups. General Valere Nka, commander of Cameroonian forces fighting separatists in the English-speaking North West region, said his troops had destroyed several camps along the road linking the Cameroonian town of Bamenda to Enugu…

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